Eilean Eisdeal: the Easdale Island Community Development Group
Easdale is a small island in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland, 16 miles south of Oban. 'Eilean Eisdeal', the Easdale Island Community Development Group, is a charitable organisation run by residents and friends of the island to carry out projects on the island of benefit to the community and with the long term aim of regeneration and sustainability for the island.
Eilean Eisdeal was set up in 1997. Its first major project, the renovation of a unique slate built hall on the island for use as an arts and community centre, was completed in May 2003. In 2005 funding was secured for the purchase of the island’s historic harbour and an adjacent area of land for community development. The regeneration and repair of the harbour continues to be an ongoing project.
Eilean Eisdeal News
Due to the current Omicron restrictions and the uncertainty for the future it is with regret that once again the AGM has to be postponed.
The directors have provisionally arranged for the AGM to take place on Easter Sunday 17 April 2022 any restrictions applicable at that time permitting.
Have a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year we hope to see you soon.
There is to be a concert on 25th November featuring the Resol String Quartet and Richard Scholfield on saxophone, who will play a short programme starting at 6.30pm. Entrance is free, donations welcome.
Your Island Needs You
If you would like to help set up tables in the hall or volunteer for a day in the museum? Eilean Eisdeal is entirely run by volunteers and we would be very grateful for your support. Please fill in the form on our volunteer page.
Easdale Island extends a warm welcome to new residents Kyle Mathews and Jassy Earl.
The Hall reopened for community events with a quiz and recent concert, both featuring masses of local talent. The events were a great success and very much enjoyed by all present.
Open Community Meeting
14.00 Sun 26 Sept 2021
The purpose of the meeting is for all islanders to contribute to the potential future direction of the community.
Topics to be discussed are welcome on the day of the meeting or if you cannot be present submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to The Secretary, Easdale Community Hall, Easdale Island. Argyll, PA34 4TB
We the directors look forward to seeing you there and will welcome your input.
Congratulations to Clara who will be going off to Uni later this year, and to Duncan on his exam results.
On The Move
Very sad to say goodbye to Des, Laura, Finn and Elsie who will be sorely missed on the island – we wish them all the best in their new adventures.
Many thanks to everyone involved in Coal Day this year. 34 tonnes of assorted fuels were distributed around the island by a very large team of residents, homeowners, guests and holidaymakers.
Welcome to new residents Rob, Sue and Alex in The Old Quarrymaster’s House (formerly No. 55).
Many congratulations to Beth and Joe for the safe arrival of their son Lucas on 14th May.
Easdale Island Folk Museum
Easdale Island Folk Museum plans to re-open on 1st June.
Congratulations to Rosie Collinge who will marry Martin on 30th April at the Ardanaiseig Hotel. Congratulations also to Catherine and Michelle who plan to get married in the Hall on 29th May.
On the move
Welcome to Neil and Amanda who have moved in No 62, Steve in No 53 (belatedly) and Ellie in No 54.
Membership fees have been reduced to £10.00 per person.
Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions, the directors of Eilean Eisdeal sought the advice of OSCR and were advised that we could postpone the AGM until the earliest date permissible. We are therefore postponing the annual AGM, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
It is our intention to send out notifications of an AGM as soon as possible as required by our Memorandum and Articles of Association.
The draft minutes of the 2019 AGM is available in the 'Minutes' section and will require to be approved in due course.
The end of year accounts currently with our auditors will be made available here as soon as they are accepted by the auditors. They will also be forwarded to the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator as normal.
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM as soon as it can be arranged.
Stone Skimming Quarry Purchase
The Directors are delighted to be able to tell you all that after a protracted amount of time the purchase of the Stone Skimming quarry for the community has finally been concluded successfully.
We would like to thank the Scottish Land Fund for continuing to support the project and the National Lottery Community Fund. It has not been an easy process.
We would also like to thank directors past (who started out on this project) and present for all their support on this bumpy journey and to the members for their on going support.
In our island lock-down, thanks must go to Puffer for the Sunday treats, the ladies who knitted all the NHS dolls and sewed individual face-coverings, all the food-delivery volunteers, the ferry-men for going above and beyond, and the Thursday evening musicians.
On the move
We are sad to see two families leave the island recently - Calum, Vicky, Dylan & Rosie and Lyndsey, Dave, Siobhan, Joe, Georgia & Jamie - but wish them all the very best.
Arts Programme 2020
To all our loyal supporters, friends and visitors.
It is with great regret, but given the current Covid 19 situation and in line with current Government instructions Eilean Eisdeal will be unable hold the publicised Arts Programme events in Easdale Island Hall for a minimum of the next three months, but possibly longer.
We will update you if the situation changes at all.
Trail West is scheduled to come at the beginning of October and we are hoping that this gig will go ahead, and be a celebration, but we will keep you posted. March 2020
The outcome of the voting on the motion to change the Membs and Arts at the EGM on 23rd February 2020 is as follows:
- Show of hands votes
yea 12, nae 0, abstentions 0
- Postal votes
yea 15, nae 1, abstentions 11
The motion is carried.
Reminder that membership subscriptions are due.
DIY Ceildh and Panto
Fantastic DIY Ceildh and fabulous Panto were enjoyed by many visitors and residents alike.
Be prepared - Hall Spring-clean to be organised.
This year's Eilean Eisdeal AGM is at 2.15pm on Sat 28 December.
Welcome to Catherine Forsyth who is moving onto the Island - a new neighbour for May.
Many congratulations to Pamela and John on their wedding.
Welcome to Joe Smith as a new Director for Eilean Eisdeal.
A warm welcome to Robert Grigg who has moved back onto the island.
Many congratulations to Pamela and John for the safe arrival of their daughter Amber-Jane.
A fond and final farewell to Adrian Laycock who was instrumental in Easdale Island having its Community Hall.
Don on the move
A fond adiós to Don Gillies - who is moving not too far from the island.
Thanks to all who attended the EGM on Sunday and those who returned their ballot papers.
The outcome of the vote on the resolution to change our Mems & Arts to comply with the the Scottish Land Fund criteria was not carried. Votes for were 8 and against 20.
We will inform the SLF of this community’s decision.
Extra-ordinary General Meeting Sunday 26th May at 11.00am in the Hall to ratify changes to Membs and Arts to bring these into line with current funding criteria.
Brilliant FULL house Panto on 2nd Jan raised £457.94 - many thanks to all concerned.
Easdale Island Community Hall
Easdale Island Community Hall is host to the highly successful Eilean Eisdeal Arts Programme and other community activities and is also available for functions such as weddings and conferences. Details of Arts Programme events, the hall and its facilities, and how to go about booking the hall, are now available in our dedicated hall website at www.easdaleislandhall.org.
Eilean Eisdeal would not be able to survive without your support. Any assistance you can offer, either in terms of ideas or your time, or by way of financial donation or membership, will be of invaluable help in furthering the preservation and future viability of this unique island.
If you have never been to Easdale Island, we hope you'll visit soon! Please see our accommodation page for somewhere to stay.